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ED BUCKLER

E: ed.buckler@ars.usda.gov

JEAN-LUC JANNINK

E: jeanluc.jannink@ars.usda.gov

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MOIRA SHEEHAN

E: moirasheehan@cornell.edu

KIRSTEN RICHARDSON

E: kr358@cornell.edu

Job Opportunities

Bioinformatics Coordinator

The Breeding Insight Program seeks a Bioinformatics Coordinator to lead the integration of genotypic and phenotypic data, statistical analyses, and breeding decision support efforts for USDA-ARS specialty plant and animal breeders.
 

The Coordinator performs the following critical responsibilities:

  • Coordinates with breeders at 5 breeding locations across the US to understand their breeding objectives, data analytic needs, and to manage project deliverables.

  • Works with PIs and breeders at USDA centers and universities to develop workflows for genomic-phenomic data analyses, specify use-cases that clearly spell out the computational and interface requirements of the breeders, and form project plans to develop key capabilities and integrate Breeding Insight into each breeding program.

  • Overall, combines these communications into a regular process in conjunction with the development cycle implemented by the software team to ensure a well-defined roadmap of new methods and features.

  • In communication with breeders, designs and helps execute evaluation experiments and analyses of features introduced by Breeding Insight on which follow-up requirement documents are based.

Communications Lead

The Communications Lead will have a leading role in communicating the goals, project plans, progress, online tutorials, and documentation for the tools. The lead will also be responsible for getting systematic feedback from the breeding group clients. An annual meeting among the IT team and breeders will used in some years to collect feedback and set direction. The communications lead with work closely with the

developers and coordinators to robust learning environment that the breeding teams can access.

Quality Assurance Specialist

The Quality Assurance Specialist will ensure quality software processes are followed throughout the system--from designing unit and integration tests to ensuring that the software is meeting the needs of the coordinators and breeding groups.

Phenomics Coordinator

Duties of the Phenomics Coordinator include:

  • Coordinate with breeders at 5 breeding locations across the US (South Carolina, Oregon, West Virginia, New York, and Minnesota) to understand their breeding objectives, phenotyping needs, and manage project deliverables.

  • Work with PIs and breeders at USDA centers and universities to develop genomic breeding strategies, specify use-cases that clearly spell out the computational and interface requirements of the breeders, and form project plans to develop key capabilities and integrate Breeding Insight into the breeding programs. 

  • Overall, combines these communications into a regular process coordinated with the development cycle implemented by the software team to ensure a well-defined roadmap of new methods and features. 

  • In communication with breeders, designs and helps execute evaluation experiments and analyses of features introduced to the Breeding Insight on which follow-up requirement documents are based.